Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 3, March 2009

To be Superman The male looks obsession

David Castle Natalie Knoesen Son Thai Vo
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It is widely recognised that body image dissatisfaction is experienced by both men and women, and in extreme cases can lead to the onset of debilitating body image disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder and muscle dysmorphia, the latter predominantly occurring in men.
This opinion piece provides a discussion specifically around the social factors influencing the increasing male looks obsession and highlights some recent local and international research in this area.
Implications for general practitioners and clinicians are discussed together with the need for further local research in this area to enhance our understanding of the implications of extreme body image dissatisfaction in men, its prevalence, manifestations and treatment outcomes.

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